Jazz

Airs Monday, February 16, at 11 p.m. In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous Second Quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of large ensemble works. They were never recorded, only was performed, and many people never knew they existed. Sometime around the quintet disbanding, Shorter put the scores away. 

Airs Monday, February 16, at 10 p.m. Wayne Shorter is one of the icons of modern jazz. This special documentary edition of Perspectives on Jazz looks at his music from the early days with Art Blakey, through his work with Miles Davis and later Weather Report, and down to today.

Airs Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. Ardently exploring the origins of American music in jazz, blues, country and western swing, singer and guitarist Pokey Lafarge seems like a throwback, yet the music he plays never sounds old-fashioned. In this episode, we listen to Pokey Lafarge's final performance of four given at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival. 

Airs Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m.  When your personal goal as a musician is to pull the audience in so that they feel like they're a part of the ride, then you're making what Christian McBride calls "people music." That's the mantra that McBride has lived by throughout his career, which combined with his abundant virtuosity, has made him the most in-demand bassist of his generation. In this episode, we listen to a lunchtime performance given by Christian McBride's Trio at the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, including Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums and Christian Sands on piano.

Airs Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. The New Year's tradition continues with jazz you can party to all night long. Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 travels to the Newport Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There are no live segments this year, but don't worry -- you can still enjoy festive jazz sets with countdowns in three time zones. It's sure to be a nonstop celebration of musical fireworks that will keep you dancing and swinging all night long. Hosted by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton. 

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